NEW ORLEANS (June 19, 2008) — For Katherine Hutton the foundation of her new Habitat home not only provides stability for the wood-frame walls, but also for her goal to continue to give her children all the love, wisdom and support to pursue their education and goals. As the walls were raised by volunteers today at a construction site on South Galvez Street, her dream of home ownership was one step closer to reality.
Over $50,000 was raised through a Kellogg’s promotion with Winn-Dixie to help cover the costs of the building materials. Each time customers purchased two of any type of Kellogg’s, Keebler, Eggo, Kashi, Cheez-It or Murray products, Kellogg’s donated 25 cents to the building of the New Orleans Habitat home. The Huttons’ future home will mark the completion of Winn-Dixie and Kellogg’s partnership of nine Habitat homes.
“Winn-Dixie has had an 80-year commitment to helping neighborhoods and families grow,” said Joey Medina, regional vice president for Winn-Dixie. “We are proud of our Associates and customers, whose contributions are helping Katherine become a homeowner.”
After the wall-raising ceremony, work began to build the Huttons’ future home. Representatives from New Orleans Habitat for Humanity, Winn-Dixie and Kellogg’s, along with community leaders, volunteers and the Hutton family, began the day’s work of framing the home by swinging hammers and cutting lumber.
In lieu of a down payment, Katherine Hutton will complete 350 sweat equity hours to realize her dream of home ownership. As a single mother, she’s now ready to work on building her own house and make a better life for her sons Tra, 13, and 11-month-old Jeremiah, along with 20-year-old niece Keisha. Katherine majored in criminal justice at Delgado Community College and currently works full time at the New Orleans Police Department.
“We greatly appreciate the commitment and dedication our partners at Kellogg’s and Winn-Dixie have contributed to home building efforts in New Orleans,” said Jim Pate, executive director of New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity. “Their financial and volunteer contributions will further our efforts to revitalize the Central City neighborhood by building decent, affordable housing."
Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc., is one of the nation’s largest food retailers. Founded in 1925, the Company is headquartered in Jacksonville, Fla. The Company currently operates 521 retail grocery locations, including more than 400 in-store pharmacies, in Florida, Alabama, Louisiana, Georgia and Mississippi. For more information, please visit www.winn-dixie.com.
About The Kellogg Company
The Kellogg Company (NYSE: K) is the world’s leading producer of cereal and a leading producer of convenience foods, including cookies, crackers, toaster pastries, cereal bars, frozen waffles, meat alternatives, pie crusts and ice cream cones. The company’s brands include Kellogg’s, Keebler, Pop-Tarts, Eggo, Cheez-It, Nutri-Grain, Rice Krispies, Murray, Austin, Morningstar Farms, Famous Amos, Carr’s, Plantation, Ready Crust and Kashi. Kellogg’s products are manufactured in 17 countries and marketed in more than 180 countries around the world. For more information, visit Kellogg’s website at www.kelloggcompany.com.
About New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity
New Orleans Area Habitat for Humanity (NOAHH), an independent affiliate of Habitat for Humanity International, is a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization. NOAHH builds new houses in partnership with sponsors, volunteers, communities and homeowner families to eliminate poverty housing in the New Orleans area while serving as a catalyst to make decent shelter a matter of conscience and action. NOAHH plans to continue building homes in Orleans, Jefferson, St. Bernard, St. Charles and Plaquemines parishes.